• The exhibition at Maropeng

    See how our our ancestors developed over the past few million years.

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  • Conferencing at Maropeng

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city.

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind. 

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves.

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!



Following the grand unveiling of Homo naledi – one of the most unforgettable and significant hominin fossil discoveries to be announced – it is only fair that it is bid… Read more

We’ve got a special offer for parents and children during the Gauteng school holidays.

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The discovery of Homo naledi was unique in many ways - the unusual method of retrieval the Rising Star team used, the sheer number of fossils recovered, and perhaps most… Read more

See how early in the excavation, a single ankle bone was able to show researchers that Homo naledi was walking comfortably on two feet.

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